Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Computer Science Education Week Opens with White House's CS Tech Jam


The White House officially opened this year's Computer Science Education Week on Monday with its first ever CS Tech Jam. According to its blog, the CS Tech jam brought together educators, students, and developers to generate new ways to bring fun and engaging computer science experiences, coding, and computational thinking into K-6 classrooms.[...] The White House CS Tech Jam on Monday, December 7 involved more than 70 educators, developers, and students. - Read more at:

Computer Science Education Week, which is celebrated from December 7-13, coincides with the birthday of Admiral Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science who was born on December 9, 1906. This annual event was first recognized in 2010 when the 111th Congress passed House Resolution 1560. The goal of this initiative is to introduce students to computing and show them that the world of technology is for everyone. - Read more at

According to the information above provided by the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology), the CSEdWeek is an opportunity to introduce computing to students in an engaging way, helping them to relate invaluable creative and problem-solving skills to their interests and giving them prior experiences that could encourage their future enrollment in CS courses.

By 2020, 51 percent of STEM jobs are projected to be in computer science related fields. If current trends continue, 1.4 million computer science-related jobs will be available over the next 10 years, but only 400,000 computer science graduates will be added with the skills to apply for those jobs. Thankfully, enrollment in freshman computer science courses increased dramatically over the past five years indicating student interest in these courses. - Read more at

In Richmond, VA, the CSEdWeek began on Monday. According to news, As part of the weeklong Computer Science Education Week, students at schools around the region are encouraged to spend an hour — at least — learning about computer science through activities created to teach them about technology. The Hour of Code, which is promoted during Computer Science Education Week, is an international movement that’s aimed at reaching students in more than 180 countries. Organizers hope that introducing students to coding and computer science will help them develop skills that can improve their chances in the workforce. - Read more at

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